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Irishman in Barcelona: ‘We’d be happy to live in a Republic of Catalonia’

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Europe, Human Rights | No Comments
Irishman in Barcelona: ‘We’d be happy to live in a Republic of Catalonia’

We spent from 5.30am on Sunday morning at the local library, or biblioteca, less than 100m from my home in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town of 87,000 just over the hill from Barcelona. My partner and her father are from the French part of Catalonia, or Catalunya Nord, as it’s known. None of us could vote in the independence referendum, but after the authoritarian behaviour of the Spanish authorities in recent weeks, we wanted to help protect the voting centres.

Catalonia: We Just Want To Vote

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Europe, Human Rights | No Comments
Catalonia: We Just Want To Vote

“We just want to vote”
This is the message, in English, that many Catalans have been sending out to the rest of Europe, in the run up to this Sunday’s planned independence referendum.

What my son taught me about the moon

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Sky | One Comment
What my son taught me about the moon

After taking the monthly arrivals and departures of the moon for granted, my young son is teaching me to pay more attention.

Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Climate, Ecosystem, Oceans, Polar | One Comment
Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

About a month ago, Deutsche Welle journalist Irene Quaile AKA Iceblogger wrote, in a piece titled Some Arctic good news – not #fakenews!

“With the environment and climate under constant fire from the actions of President Trump, it is great to end the week with a little piece of good news”.

2016 in review: What I Got Up To and What Happens Next

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Featured, Projects, Strategy | No Comments
2016 in review: What I Got Up To and What Happens Next

What a year – moving countries, working for Antarctic and Arctic protection and joining the quest to halt international trade deals in between.

Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Europe | No Comments
Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

We’re all here, nose to tail, thanks to the “border controls” that the French government, brought into force following the Paris November 13th attacks. In a previous article, I documented my recent slow crossing from Belgium into France. That crossing was rip-roaringly rapid in comparison to today’s torpid crawl. This is the real deal, with three 120 kilometre-an-hour lanes slowed to nothing, then funneled into one. It’s a farce.

Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured | No Comments
Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

In an article for Pan European Networks Science & Technology Magazine, I ask if its possible for members of CCAMLR reach agreement on protecting two vast areas the Antarctic Ocean?

Blather: Opening a Can of Worms on Europe’s Frontiers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Europe, Featured, Transport | No Comments
Blather: Opening a Can of Worms on Europe’s Frontiers

I wrote about this absurd situation at the Belgium-France Border, along with the anxiety of crossing a national border while carrying a piano, a collection of lampshades and a large collection of worms, over on blather.net. I’ve been running this website that I’ve been running since 1997. It’s been dormant for a while, but with the help of my co-editors, we’re slowly re-vitalising it.

Bonjour Monsieur, what do you have in the coffre?

I have a piano, several lampshades and a box of garden worms.

Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Climate, Ecosystem, Featured | One Comment
Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Ireland’s dear and glorious leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stood manfully astride the COP21 podium in Paris. Holding the lectern in a white-knuckled embrace, Enda rolled out Ireland’s comprehensive plan for taking global leadership on climate change, and he would personally corner Hollande, Obama, Merkel, Putin and Xi Jinping and the rest of them into finally saving the planet.

The Blame Everyone Game

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Articles, Human Rights | No Comments
The Blame Everyone Game

I paused at a crossroads. An image of a postcard flashed into my head. A postcard I received from my friend Donal, years and years ago. A black and white image showing two hands barely meeting across a map, with three commandments in red strips overlaid: Admit Nothing. Blame Everyone. Be Bitter.